Why I Celebrate ADVENT – not just Christmas

Advent means arrival or coming. It is a celebration of the coming of King Jesus! Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. It's a time of preparing for Christmas. Many have already or will very soon prepare their homes for Christmas. We decorate. We change our radio stations or CD selections. We work … Continue reading Why I Celebrate ADVENT – not just Christmas

Biblical Principles for Godly Fathers

As I spent a few evenings and late nights thinking about what I wanted for my daughter and, more importantly, what God wanted out of me, I came up with eleven principles. The list might have been longer, but just last week my daughter Addison made her grand entrance two weeks early! Most of you are not new parents, but these principles can serve as a challenge or a reminder of what God demands of fathers.

Don’t Worship the Faucet!

Shortly after World War I, Lawrence of Arabia took several of his greatest men to visit Paris. When they were about to leave the grand hotel at which they were staying, Lawrence found his men attempting to pull the faucets out of the wall! Lawrence was confused and asked what the men were doing. The men responded: "If we could bring these faucets back to our desert land...

Powerful

Sometimes, I wonder if we are so conditioned by shows of weakness that we’ve begun to call moderate strength or even mediocrity, “power.” It seems that those exercising true Spirit-enabled power are often culturally interpreted as arrogant or brash. Could it be that a weak church culture is feeding that misconception? Could it be that we are teaching the world that “Christian” = “weak”?

Psalm 23 – It’s Not About You

How many times have you read Psalm 23? For me, it is probably several dozen, if not more than one hundred. Until recently I read it with a selfish focus. When I read Psalm 23, I saw the promise of peace, restoration, and protection. While it speaks to these subjects, none of them are THE subject.

True Treasure

This weekend, my family attended the estate auction of my grandmother... There were several things that would make the people on those antique reality shows drool. I smiled at the thought as my wife and I walked along the tables looking at everything. But then it happened…we walked by a box of wooden shelves and I saw the crescent moon with a stairwell going from one landing at the bottom of the moon to a landing at the top.